UFC Vegas 36 sees the return of Darren Till to the octagon after being out of action for more than 13 months. The former English welterweight No. 1 contender will be going up against fellow middleweight top ten contender Derek Brunson, who comes into the bout on a high, being on a four-fight winning streak and headlining his third consecutive UFC event. On the other hand, Till has lost 3 of his last four fights and is seeking some form of redemption as he makes his return to action after a difficult period out with injuries.
Brunson’s previous fight was against Kevin Holland, where he won by unanimous decision, while Till’s last bout ended in defeat at the hands of former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. A win for Derek Brunson would see him edge closer to his aim of getting a title shot. In contrast, a win for Darren Till would signify a much-needed positive result to “silence the doubters,” according to him, and restore his confidence after a long battle with injuries. The fight will take place at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, Las Vegas, with the preliminary card starting at 1:30 PM ET, while the main card begins by 4:00 PM ET.
UFC Vegas 36 General Information:
- Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
- TV-Time: ESPN+, 1:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: UFC Apex
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
- Fights: 5 Fights on the Main Card and 5 fights on the Preliminary Card
- Main Event: Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till
Expert Pick #1 – Till to win @-185
Brunson is one of the deadliest fighters in the UFC. His record on paper is quite strong. However, there is a weakness in his game. A significant 6 out of 7 of Brunson’s defeats have come via KO/TKO, with 5 of those coming in the first round. Liverpool’s Darren Till will try to test those weaknesses again this weekend. Our first expert pick is a Till win.
Records: Derek Brunson 22-7-0 | Darren Till 18-3-1 Main Card – Middleweight(185lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Expert Pick #2 – Rountree to win @+135
Roundtree looks to break his duck after this weekend after enduring a spell of poor form as he takes on Bukauskas in the octagon this Saturday. He faces the Lithuanian, who is on a poor run of form as well after losing his last two fights.
Roundtree will be looking to establish dominance in the octagon. Although he is the underdog for this fight, he has fought and won against impressive opposition in the likes of Gokhan Saki and Eryk Anders. Keep your eye on this one.
Records: Modestas Bukauskas 11-4-0 | Khalil Rountree 9-5-0 Main Card – Light Heavyweight(205lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Expert Pick #3 – Martinez to win @-165
Rojo is an excellent striker with the ability to keep pace with just about anyone. However, he will meet his match this weekend when he takes on the “Dragon.” Martinez is a terrific striker as well. In this matchup, his edge will be in his superior kickboxing technique.
Records: Jonathan Martinez 13-4-0 |Marcelo Rojo 16-8-0 Preliminary Card – Bantamweight (135lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 1:30p.m. ET
Complete Card & Predictions for the Night
UFC Vegas 36 will witness the epic showdown between Derek Brunson and Darren Till. Both fighters hope to win in hopes of challenging the Stylebender for the Middleweight Title. Here are the Predictions, Odds, Bets, and Tips for this weekend
- Middleweight (185lbs): Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till – Till via Decision
- Heavyweight (265lbs): Tom Aspinall vs. Sergey Spivac – Aspinall via Decision
- Welterweight (170lbs): Alex Morono vs. David Zawada – Zawada via Decision
- Light Heavyweight (205lbs): Modestas Bukauskas vs. Khalil Rountree – Rountree via KO/TKO
- Lightweight (155lbs): Paddy Pimblet vs. Luigi Vendramini – Vendramini via KO/TKO
- (W)Flyweight (125lbs): Molly McCann vs. Ji Yeon Kim – Marques via Decision
- Bantamweight (135lbs): Jack Shore vs. Liudvik Sholinian – Shore via Decision
- Catchweight (unrestricted): Julian Erosa vs. Charles Jourdain – Erosa via KO/TKO
- Middleweight (185lbs): Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Marc-André Barriault- Lungiambula via KO/TKO
- Bantamweight (135lbs): Jonathan Martinez vs. Marcelo Rojo – Martinez via Decision